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Windows 7: Homegroup Problem

10 Jan 2009   #11
limneos

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit
 
 

Ok...I'm getting somewhere....

My Desktop connects via CABLE to a wireless access point which is also connected via cable to a router.

The laptop connects wirelessly to the acces point and so on.

Now, my desktop's Home Network is named after the ROUTER name, e.g. LINKSYS-DSL but the laptop's home network is named after the access point's SSID!!! (e.g. LINKSYS-WIRELESS). So it seems they belong to different home networks (or workgroups, as they used to be called)

The problem is , that my desktop is connected on both access point and router..but I don't know how it gets the network name by the router's name/ssid. I never saw that before. Where does it find the SSID from, if it's connected via cable? :P How can I put them in the same home network??!!! I'll forget all I know about networking...


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10 Jan 2009   #12
linuzo

Windows 7 Build 7100
 
 

To change the workgroup all you need to do is right click on computer and go to properties. Then where you see your Windows Experience index, below that you will see workgroup and you can click change settings. A popup will appear and click on the box near the bottom it says "Change" then change the workgroup to the same as your PC or vice versa.

Glad to help.

I was able to setup homegroups and am listening to music right now and viewing it on my nice screen!!


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10 Jan 2009   #13
darkassain

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linuzo View Post
To change the workgroup all you need to do is right click on computer and go to properties. Then where you see your Windows Experience index, below that you will see workgroup and you can click change settings. A popup will appear and click on the box near the bottom it says "Change" then change the workgroup to the same as your PC or vice versa.

Glad to help.

I was able to setup homegroups and am listening to music right now and viewing it on my nice screen!!

that is one sweet setup linuzo...

the routers name shouldnt matter unless you are connecting to a different router....
(if they have both have NAT)

your network card should have NDIS 6.0 (at least the wired one)

also you must have DHCP enabled as ive seen that it gets fuzzy with static ip's (or with ICS).....
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11 Jan 2009   #14
johngalt

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cOLDiNSIDE View Post
SOB... After re-enabling IPv6, I can now create a home group. That doesn't make sense, but it fixed the issue at hand. Thanks!
Yes, it does actually. Break your homegroups, disable IPv6 on both machines and then create the new Home group and see if it works.
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23 Dec 2009   #15
cazeault

win7 ultimate
 
 
but how to reactivate Ipv6 (mine went out by itself)

It is present in the liste with IPv4 etc... but it sys "not active"


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cOLDiNSIDE View Post
SOB... After re-enabling IPv6, I can now create a home group. That doesn't make sense, but it fixed the issue at hand. Thanks!
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30 Dec 2009   #16
sidmouth

Windows 7
 
 

I have had similar problems, trying to "see" the homegroup on my main computer from my laptop. Have gone through all the hoops suggested by others. Eventually solved, based on the solution fopm Linzo above. My problem was that both my main and laptop computers had the same name, in my case "Dave-PC", but found when I changed my laptop computers name to "Laptop [right click on computer and go to properties, then where you see your Windows Experience index, and you can click change settings], I could now "see" and join the homegroup.

Hope this might work for others with the same problem
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12 May 2010   #17
tabooky

Windows 7
 
 

Changing computer names worked for me. Seems each computer must have a unique name. I battled this for hours using some of the tips here to no avail, then noticed the names were identical. I changed the desktop name (which was the creator of the homegroup if that matters), and it worked. My notebook could finally see the homegroup and offered to join, no problems.

My dad had named both computers STAN-PC. I noticed that early on but on the desktop it was shown as lower case in the Windows System Info screen, while on the notebook it was all caps. But despite what was displayed on the screen both are really stored as caps, that is, computer names are not case sensitive. I noticed this when we mapped the network with our security software and it reported both computers in upper case.

Try unique computer names.
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